Thousands remain without power following winter wallop

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Some Long Islanders remained without power after the second nor'easter in a week slammed into Long Island.

Tammy Rosenbaum said she spent most of Thursday trapped inside her house on Crabapple Drive in East Hills because snow and strong winds knocked down a power line on her street.

"It was laying in the middle of the street and started to go on fire," she said. "So my snowblower couldn't come on. I couldn't make it to my appointment this morning."

That wire has since been repaired, PSEG Long Island said.

PSEG Long Island said the downed wire knocked out power to about a third of the residents in the neighborhood. One of them was Mayor Michael Koblenz.

"I lost power probably 10 or 12 hours," he said.

According to Mayor Koblenz, village crews dodged falling trees as they cleared snow from roads.

"It's a pretty scary thing to be pushing snow and look behind you in the rear view mirror, and a tree just went down," he said. "We're talking about major trees going down the street."

The utility said many of the outages are being blamed on fallen tree limbs that collapsed under the weight of wet and heavy snow.

PSEG said it had almost 3,000 crew members working to restore power. The utility said it hopes to have most people switched on by Friday, but there are some who may have to wait several days.

To report a downed power line or outage in your neighborhood, you have to either call 1-800-490-0075 or text the word "OUT" to PSEGLI, if you've already pre-registered.

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